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A manufacturer estimates that the profit P from producing x units of a commodity is P=-x^2+40x-100 dollars per week. What is the maximium profit he can realize in one week?

I was going to take the derivative of the equation and set it equal to 0 and then plug it back in but it didn't work. The answer is 300 but I do not know how to get this.

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    Your approach actually works, you might have made an inversion in the sign or something.

    P'(x)=-2x+40=0 => x= 20
    P(20)=-20²+40*20-100=300 QED

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    oh ok I did I got x=-20 instead of 20. Thank you!!

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    but I still do not see how you got 300.

    -20(2)=400 + 40(20)=800 - 100 = 1100?

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    Vertex formula= -b/2a
    = -40/-2 = 20


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    Messed up my signs alittle bit should read


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    P(20)=-(400)+(800)-100 =300

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    oh ok so its -400. Thanks I see now

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